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How To Travel To Ecuador

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By air

Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is located in the municipality of Tababela, approximately 30 km (20 mi) east of Quito. Travellers with very early departures or very late arrivals from Quito airport, as well as those not staying in Quito but travelling elsewhere, may consider accommodation in Tababela or Puembo, as they will not have to drive into the city to find accommodation.

Another port of entry is Guayaquil (GYE), which has a modern airport with typical amenities such as restaurants and duty-free shops. The airport is located north of the city centre.

The Galapagos Islands are part of the Ecuadorian provinces and have two airports, one in Baltra and one in San Cristobal. Aerogal, Tame and LAN all offer flights to the Galapagos. All flights are via the Ecuadorian mainland and do not include international flights.

Quito airport charges an international departure tax of $40.80. From Guayaquil, the tax is $26. This tax is already included in the cost of the flight since February 2011.

By train

There are no international rail links to Ecuador. The national railway from Quito to Guayaquil (via Latacunga and Riobamba) is being rebuilt, but in the meantime several sections are in service for tourists. The most popular is the line from Alausi to Nariz del Diablo (it was reopened in 2011 after a $4.6 million renovation).

By car

It is not recommended to enter Ecuador by car. It is best to enter by plane or boat, as there are border problems with neighbouring countries.

By bus

To/from Colombia

The main border crossing between Ecuador and Colombia is at Rumichaca, near Tulcan and Ipiales. Crossing the border at San Miguel (near Lago Agrio) in the Amazon is not recommended due to security concerns and the complexity of entry and exit.

To/from Peru

There are two places to cross the border with Peru, Huaquillas (near Machala) receives the vast majority of tourist crossings, was dodgy and relatively unsafe, but a recent clean up may have improved security issues. Macara has a border crossing, but is not recommended due to security concerns.

By boat

As Ecuador is located on the coast and has very large rivers, a boat trip can be a fun way to get around. Especially in the rainforest, a boat trip can take you to places you would not normally go.

How To Travel Around Ecuador

By busIntercity buses go almost everywhere in Ecuador. Many cities have a central bus station, called the Terminal Terrestre, where you can buy tickets for the different bus routes that serve the city. Long-distance buses generally cost between $1 and $2 an hour, depending on the distance and type...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Ecuador

In 2008, the President of the Republic amended the regulations so that citizens of any nationality could enter Ecuador without a visa and stay for a period of ninety days per chronological year, in order to strengthen relations between Ecuador and all countries of the world and promote tourism....

Destinations in Ecuador

RegionsAmazon rainforestAndes HighlandsCoastal lowlandsGalapagos Islands - Isolated archipelago world-famous for its unique wildlife and Darwin's evolutionary research.CitiesQuito - Second highest capital in the world, with a well-preserved colonial centre. The weather is generally spring-like and relatively unpredictable throughout the year, and changes quickly.Ambato - The central city of Ecuador....

Weather & Climate in Ecuador

The climate is very different and is mainly determined by altitude. The mountain valleys have a mild climate all year round, the coastal areas have a humid subtropical climate and the lowlands are tropical forests. The Pacific coastal zone has a tropical climate with an abundant rainy season. The...

Accommodation & Hotels in Ecuador

There are many budget hostels to be found throughout Ecuador. Often the hostels in smaller towns are actually private homes that welcome travellers. As with most things, locals can help you find an excellent hotel at a very low price ($6-14). Again, large groups can haggle for lower prices....

Things To Do in Ecuador

The capital Quito, is a city with a lot of history where you can walk around the city centre and enjoy the beautiful colonial buildings. There is also the "Teleférico" (cable car) that takes passengers from the highest mountain in Quito to see the whole city from the sky....

Food & Drinks in Ecuador

Food in EcuadorThroughout the country, there is a great variety in what is typically eaten, depending on the place. In the Sierra, potatoes are almost always part of lunch and dinner; on the coast, rice is popular. Soup is also a big part of lunch and dinner. Breakfast often...

Money & Shopping in Ecuador

CurrencyEcuador adopted the US dollar (USD) as its currency in 1999. Other types of currencies are not readily accepted.Ecuador has its own coins. These are exactly the same size and weight as American coins, and both are accepted. U.S. dollar coins are widely used and preferred over $1 notes....

Festivals & Holidays in Ecuador

DateEnglish name1 JanuaryNew Year's DayFebruary - MarchCarnivalMarch-AprilGood Friday1 MayInternational Workers' DayMay 24The Battle of Pichincha (1822)10 AugustDeclaration of Independence of Quito (1809)9 OctoberIndependence of Guayaquil (1820)2 NovemberAll Souls' Day3 NovemberIndependence of Cuenca (1820)25 DecemberChristmas Day

Internet & Communications in Ecuador

InternetInternet cafés are almost everywhere in the big cities and in many of the smaller towns. The cost is between $1 and $2 per hour in the big cities, and the better places have high-speed access. In some cafés, restaurants and hotels you will find free wifi access, usually...

Traditions & Customs in Ecuador

The usual greetings are "Buenos días", "Buenas tardes" or "Buenas noches", (Good morning, good day or good evening respectively). Greetings are usually followed by a handshake, among men, and a kiss on the cheek, among women or between a man and a woman. "Hola" is the most common greeting...

Culture Of Ecuador

Ecuador's mainstream culture is defined by its Hispanic mestizo majority and, like their ancestors, is traditionally Spanish in origin, influenced to varying degrees by Amerindian traditions and in some cases by African elements. The first and most significant wave of modern immigration to Ecuador consisted of Spanish colonists, following...

History Of Ecuador

Pre-IncaVarious peoples had settled in the area of the future Ecuador before the arrival of the Incas. Some probably sailed on rafts from Central America to Ecuador, some came to Ecuador by way of the tributaries of the Amazon, some came from the north of South America, and some...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Ecuador

Stay Safe in EcuadorTourists should use common sense to ensure their safety. Avoid problems by not showing large sums of money, not visiting areas close to the Colombian border, staying away from civil unrest and not using the side streets of major cities at night. The biggest threat in...

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